Alec Christie

Alec Christie

DLA Piper

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Cyber Incident/Data Breach Response: Your emergency Checklist

The first 24 hours after you discover a data breach are critical to restoring security, minimising harm, obtaining and preserving evidence and complying with contractual and legal obligations. This Emergency Checklist...more

4/9/2015 - Australia Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Emergency Response Popular

Privacy commissioner to audit 21 privacy policies for compliance: it may be you!

The Australian Privacy Commissioner (Commissioner) is preparing to conduct an assessment of 21 online privacy policies at random. The Commissioner also noted: "[we've] been talking for a long time about the need to build...more


Make A New Year's Resolution To Improve Your Privacy Act Compliance Or Risk A Privacy Commissioner Investigation Or Worse

It is ten months since the amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) (collectively "Privacy Act") came into effect. As noted in our update The Australian Privacy Act Amendments...more

2/5/2015 - Australia New Guidance

Privacy Update: Protecting Children From Cyber-Bullying

The Federal Government's Enhancing Online Safety For Children Bill 2014 Is A Significant Cyber Reform. The First Direct Response To Cyber-Bullying It May Also Herald A New And Targeted Approach To The Online Activity Of...more

1/29/2015 - Australia Cyberbullying New Legislation Online Safety for Children

CHRISTMAS 2014: Top Five Privacy & Cyber Predictions, Trends And Issues For 2015 And Beyond!

Last year at this time we looked forward to the APPs coming into effect (from 12 March 2014) and highlighted the Top 10 Things You Think You Know About Privacy But Don’t!. In September this year we highlighted the practical...more

12/17/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Protection Digital Media Internet Popular

BYOD In Australia - Cool, Cheap And (Potentially) Catastrophic!


10/23/2014 - Australia Bring Your Own Device Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Risk Assessment Risk Management

Doing Business in Australia

With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more


Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

10/3/2014 - Broadcasting Data Protection Entertainment Industry EU FIFA Gambling Gaming Internet Sports Television Broadcast Stations

Corporate Insurance Trends 2014

Although we are seeing the tail end of many of the claims which arose from the Global Financial Crisis, the sophisticated plaintiff’s bar and ever-developing class action landscape means that companies and their officers will...more

9/16/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity D&O Insurance Disclosure Requirements Insureds Liability Insurance Professional Liability Risk Management Underwriting

Privacy Top Five: Issues And Concerns In The First Six Months Of The Apps

That is, on receiving the personal information from a third party, you must contact each individual whose personal information you have now “collected” and notify them of the mandatory matters specified in the APPs, if such...more

9/11/2014 - Australia Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Concerns

IP Rights In Data Handbook - Protecting and exploiting IP in data, big data and databases internationally

In the era of Big Data, no ambitious business can afford to live without a strategy for the acquisition, protection and exploitation of the data upon which it depends. The laws enabling data to be protected and exploited are...more

9/4/2014 - Big Data Data Collection Data Protection Databases EU EU Data Protection Laws Jurisdiction Patents Popular UK

Privacy And M&A Transactions: The Do's And Don'ts

Most M&A transactions require parties to exchange at least some personal information, whether it is the seller's employee or customer personal information. Addressing privacy compliance at an early stage of the M&A...more

8/26/2014 - Acquisitions Compliance Employee Rights Mergers Privacy Policy Right to Privacy

Privacy Update: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

A Warning for Health Service Providers - The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found that a suburban Melbourne medical practice has breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) by failing to take reasonable steps to secure...more

8/6/2014 - Australia Health Care Providers Healthcare Facilities Hospitals Personally Identifiable Information PHI Privacy Laws

Sourcing Reference Guide: A reference tool for customers and service providers explaining current best practice and thinking from...

Outsourcing and the New Australian Privacy Law: In a nutshell - In Australia all APP Entities which collect, use or disclose Personal Information must, under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Act”), take reasonable steps...more

7/29/2014 - Australia Cybersecurity Notice Requirements Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws

The Google Tornado: Just How Ground-Breaking Is The "Right To Be Forgotten"

The recent decision of the European Court of Justice relating to Google and the "right to be forgotten", enabling citizens from the European Union to request search engines operating in Europe to delete, or not to show,...more

7/24/2014 - Australia Cybersecurity Data Controller Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Popular Privacy Laws Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines

Love In The Time Of The NPP

PRIVACY COMMISSIONER FINDS CUPID MEDIA IN BREACH - Earlier last week the Australian Privacy Commissioner found that Cupid Media Pty Ltd (Cupid), the operator of over 35 niche online dating websites, failed to take...more


Cyber Risks And The Impact On Company Directors

A series of high profile data breach incidents have brought into spotlight the increasing regularity and number of incidents, the significant costs associated with such incidents and the potential exposure of Boards of...more

5/8/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection

Privacy Australia: What Do Death, Taxes and Deactivated Online Accounts Have in Common?

Australia recently joined the growing ranks of countries that take privacy seriously - so seriously that a breach of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) can now result in a...more

5/5/2014 - Australia Online Privacy Protection Act Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Rule

The changing Australian Privacy Principles: Increased risks for employers

In an age where the management of data is largely electronic, employers have a much greater opportunity to collect and retain vast amounts of information, much more than ever before. This information is useful to have on file...more

3/12/2014 - APPS Act Australia De-Identification Document Retention Policies Human Resources Professionals Personnel Records Privacy Policy

So Now, Finally, You Can Communicate And Transact With Customers Electronically! An Insurer’s Guide To The Uniform Electronic...

The changes to electronic communication introduced into the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (“ICA”) by the Insurance Contracts Amendment Act 2013 (“ICAA”) mean that insurers are now able to take advantage of the provisions of...more

1/30/2014 - Electronic Communications Insurance Contracts Insurance Industry Terms and Conditions

Privacy Top Ten: Things You Think You Know About Privacy – But Don’t!

Whether a start–up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly on–line and/or overseas. At last count over 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy...more

12/19/2013 - Australia Big Data Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Sensitive Business Information

Australian Privacy Toolbox For The Technology Sector

The new Australian Privacy Principles attempt to keep pace with changing technology, emerging privacy issues and developments in privacy law in Australia and internationally. This "Toolbox" will help you prepare for...more

12/18/2013 - Australia Compliance Privacy Laws

Recent Australian Privacy Reforms Will Significantly Impact Offshore Share Incentives For Australian Employees

The changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), significantly increase the obligations imposed on an offshore parent or related entity that collects or...more

12/13/2013 - Australia Compliance Confidential Information Employee Benefits Privacy Concerns

Australia: Update on privacy compliance for app developers

In the mobile environment, data can be collected and shared with ease. It is therefore of great concern to the Privacy Commissioner/Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) that each individual's privacy is...more

12/2/2013 - Australia Mobile Apps Privacy Laws

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